a note

posted by catherine / September 07, 2006 /

brief interruption of my hiatus to note a few things:

  • there are about two billion concerts i want to go to this fall at the 9:30 club and the black cat. it will be teh awesome.

  • the new facebook features really are as terrifyingly creepy as everyone is saying. but, as techcrunch notes, they're easily shut off. (UPDATE: i think maybe i'm wrong that they're easily shut off. it doesn't seem like there is one option to opt out of the newsfeed forever; you have to X out each indivdual item. facebook certainly should include an option to easily opt out. yup. hi, my name is catherine, i'm 26, and i use facebook.)
    (UPDATE II: facebook wrote an extremely apologetic blog post and they will now let you opt out of any or all of the news feeds. as teofilo notes, though, there still seems to be no way to opt out of receiving the feed, unless i'm mistaken.)

  • i was recently informed that within 15 miles of each other, and a relatively short trip from atlanta, there exist both the cabbage patch kids factory (babyland general hospital), where cabbage patch kids are birthed, and helen, georgia, a bavarian-hamlet where all the people wear lederhosen and sell you chocolate and cuckoo clocks and have a big oktoberfest festival. georgia, in the grand tradition of every place i've ever lived, only seems to get more awesome the closer i get to leaving it.

  • Comments

    You can close out each individual item, which is a pain, but no, there isn't any way to opt out of the feed entirely. Privacy isn't really the main issue for me, though; as the facebook people say, all this information was already there and the feed just makes it easier to find. What I don't like is that there's no way to opt out of receiving the feed--it clutters up most of the screen with useless information and makes the site much less pleasant to use.

    Posted by: teofilo on September 7, 2006 10:51 PM

    aha!
    i spent an unfortunate number of years growing up in the suburbs of atlanta and have only one fond memory of that time, which until now i suspected may be false. but helen, ga!!! it's real! thank you!

    Posted by: valerie on September 8, 2006 11:16 PM

    helen is a nice place to visit, especially in the fall. the interesting thing about it though, is that there is virtually zero bavarian heritage there. decades ago, the town decided to re-invent itself as an alpine village to become a tourist destination.

    and if you find yourself in the area, i recommend a visit to anna ruby falls at unicoi state park. it's a rare double-waterfall.

    Posted by: tunequester on September 10, 2006 11:39 AM

    Why? Am I the only one clueless as to why Zunta is turning pumpkin?

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